NameAcquiredATKMATKDEFMDEFWeapon Ability
Iron BladeChapter 3 - Main Scenario233100Triple Slash

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Iron Blade Core (4 SP)Description
Defense +5--
Max HP +150--
Physical Damage Reduction 10% when GuardingReduces physical damage taken when successfully guarding.
Punisher Mode Counter Damage 5% BoostIncreases damage dealt when countering in punisher mode.
Iron Blade Sub-Core I (6 SP)Description
Attack Power +6--
Magic Attack Power +6--
Magic Attack Power +5 with High HPIncreases magic attack power when HP is 75% or higher.
Physical Defense +5 with High HPIncreases defense when HP is 75% or higher.
Iron Blade Sub-Core II (8 SP)Description
Attack Power +8--
Magic Attack Power +6--
Magic Attack Power +6--
Max HP +200--
Limit Break 5% Boost with Low HPIncreases the rate at which the limit gauge fills when HP is 25% or lower.
Self-Healing 50% Boost with Low HPSignificantly increases the effectiveness of healing spells cast on you when HP is 25% or lower.
Iron Blade Sub-Core III (12 SP)Description
Attack Power +12--
Magic Attack Power +8--
Magic Attack Power +8--
Defense +8--
Trade-OffRecover MP when receiving significant damage.
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Iron Blade Sub-Core IV (14 SP)Description
Attack Power +14--
Magic Attack Power +10--
Magic Attack Power +10--
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
Iron Blade Sub-Core V (16 SP)Description
Attack Power +14--
Magic Attack Power +10--
Magic Attack Power +10--
Elemental Damage 5% BoostIncreases damage dealt by fire, ice, lightning, and wind attacks.
ReprieveAvoid incapacitation once per battle. Does not work against instant death attacks or when HP is at 1.
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.
New Materia SlotAdds an additional materia slot or links two existing slots.

Triple Slash

This is arguably one of Cloud’s most useful abilities in the game, pair this with a First Strike Materia and you can start each regular encounter with a Triple Slash, sometimes ending them straight away. Triple Slash is also useful for any bosses that have multiple parts allowing you to cycle through them and make the most out of the increased damage from the third slash.

Evaluation

In almost all cases, you’ll want to switch over to Iron Blade once you gain it in Chapter 3 and stick with it until you obtain at least Hardedge. If you enjoyed the increase in Magical Attack, you may wish to even stick with it until Mythril Saber and seeing as Magic is potent in Final Fantasy VII Remake, that’s not such a bad idea. Iron Blade is also an excellent choice for once you reach Hard Mode as it contains the useful Reprieve skill that will allow you to survive lethal attacks with 1 HP. The one downside with Iron Blade is that a lot of it’s Materia slots don’t arrive until near the end of the weapon’s development.

When spending SP on the Iron Blade, focus on Materia slots whenever they’re available and prioritize Magic Attack over Attack. Be sure to pick up Trade-Off as soon as you can, this will restore MP when you take significant damage and as soon as you reach Weapon Level 6, make Reprieve your first purchase followed by Elemental Damage 5% Boost to give your magic an extra kick.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Square Enix
  • Platforms
    PS4
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    20 October 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Ben Chard, Nathan Garvin

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In the sprawling city of Midgar, an anti-Shinra organization calling themselves Avalanche have stepped up their resistance. Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra's elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, lends his aid to the group, unaware of the epic consequences that await him.The guide for Final Fantasy VII Remake features all there is to see and do including a walkthrough featuring coverage of all Main Scenario Chapters, all Side Quests and mini games along with indepth sections on Materia, Enemy Intel and Battle Intel.

Inside Version 1.1

  • Full coverage of the Main Scenario
  • Coverage of all Side Quests
  • Trophy Guide
  • Full Enemy Intel
  • Materia and Ability Breakdown
  • Details on every character
  • Full breakdown of every location

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